Spring break started early for many students—and may continue on indefinitely, thanks to the global spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic has shuttered schools the world over as social distancing becomes the new norm, putting significant physical barriers between students and their teachers.

As a result, more schools than ever have adopted online learning, connecting instructors and pupils through online video chats, lesson plans, and interactive apps (one university in Japan even conducted its graduation ceremony using telepresence robots).

The lockdown has required many teachers and students to adapt to unfamiliar technology, and while it has also forced institutions and school districts to address issues of unequal hardware and Internet access, it has ultimately shown that education can continue outside of the traditional classroom

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